Gracious Living: At Home

The Twelve Gifted Days of Christmas

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 With the holiday upon us I thought it would be a fun diversion to find gifts inspired by the perennial classic holiday song.  Hope you can find something here for your true love! Embroidered Valentino Gown Wear your partridge on a tulle tree?  Sure to dazzle at any holiday soiree in this confection. Hermes Silk Tie A pair of doves for the one you lo[...]

Liz Lapidus' Tips for Your Chanukah Celebration

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My dear friend, Liz Lapidus, shared her personal touches to a Chanukah Celebration! Enjoy! In sustenance and ceremony,  we honor Chanukah with traditions. As with all holidays – I like to stick with tradition and add my own personal touch. The first call I make is to my fabulous florist John McDonald at Twelve. He always brings the "WOW" factor to any event[...]

Gracious Living: Hostess Gifts for the Holidays

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Need a creative thank-you idea for the gracious host? These fantastic gifts are a few of my picks that are sure to encourage a return invitation. For more ideas, please visit my Pinterest page! Hexagonal Mint Julep from Mark and Graham This handmade nickel-plated brass cup is the traditional vessel for serving a classic mint julep. If Southern hospitalit[...]

Beauty Meets Luxury

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"Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic." – Rosalind Russell I strive to surround myself with beauty and joy—it encourages, in me, a creative state of mind. So imagine my delight when I discovered a luxurious, yet natural skin care regimen that works as beautifully as it looks. Sapelo (SAP a LOW) is based on my own lifestyle philosophy – beau[...]

Maintain a Pristine Landscape With ForeverLawn

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Recently, Danielle sat down with Debbie Thompson from ForeverLawn to discuss how her company has helped shape the landscape of lawns across the North and Central Georgia areas. ForeverLawn of North Central Georgia transforms a tired yard into a landscaped paradise that looks lush year-round. Imagine, no more watering, mowing, fertilizing, sodding, or mud tra[...]

Paint It Pretty

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This article was originally posted on Diamonds Unleashed. I am a designer known for my absolute unadulterated, unabashed sheer and utter love of color and paint. Peppered throughout my well followed Instagram feed you’ll find my coined phrases #paintitpretty and #colormehappy in the editorial of my photo feed and now reused all over in the unofficially acce[...]

Miles Redd's Tips for Decorating

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Miles Redd, my dear friend, the most amazing interior designer and author of “The Big Book of Chic”, is known for bold color combinations tempered by old world antiques with a touch of Alice in Wonderland magic.  So we asked him to share with us his top 12 decorating tips for adding a dash of glamour to any room.  P.S. - To my fellow Piscean and man that sha[...]

For Festive Floral Occasions

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What do you get when you are blessed with the incredible talent of Veranda Magazine, floral decor in honor of The New York Botanical Garden, a bevy of exclusive design houses and creative entrepreneurs at the top of their game? The Star of the Party Being a part of the Veranda New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner is always a thrill. It is an exciting [...]

Essentials for a Great Guest Room

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My experiences as a houseguest - positive and negative - have caused me to rethink having guests in my  own house. Note: if you have so graciously put my tired weary little bones up for a night, please know this is all a good faith learning experiment ... NOT a critique!! MAKE THE BED COMFORTABLE. If it is an older mattress transferred to the guest room aft[...]

Host a Stunning Soiree and Enjoy It!

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When you throw a party, do you spend the entire time worrying about every little detail rather than enjoying the gathering itself? When you see Martha Stewart gliding through her perfectly light-filled spaces gently placing “a simple tray of handmade pasta purses stuffed with gorgonzola and pear in a buerre blanc” on the outrageously complicated tablescape s[...]